Do you believe in yourself this much?
Have you heard about Jessica Watson?
She’s a 16 year old (she turns 17 Tuesday) Australian girl who just returned home after spending 210 days at sea in a 34 foot yacht, traveling 23,000 nautical miles non-stop and unassisted. Jessica now holds the (unofficial) record of world’s youngest to sail around the world. She began sailing at age 8. Read the full story on NPR about the Aussie teen here.
Prior to her departure she was criticized. Her parents were told their decision to let her go was “an act of insanity”. And Jessica herself had doubts.
But on October 18, 2009, she began her journey to become the world’s youngest to sail around the world, unassisted and non-stop.
Like any at sea adventure, this was not without it’s challenges. In the end, a 16-year old female, unassisted, set out to accomplish a dream. And she did.
“People don’t think you’re capable of these things — they don’t realize what young people, what 16-year-olds and girls are capable of,” Watson told the raucous crowd. “It’s amazing when you take away those expectations what you can do.”
Wise words from a young girl.
When people don’t think you’re capable, do you believe them? Are you equipped to take away those expectations?
She’s being called a hero at home. To which she responds, “I don’t consider myself a hero. I’m an ordinary girl who believed in her dream.”
What’s your response upon hearing about a 16 year old out at sea, alone and unassisted?
My first thought: “Wow. I can’t believe she went alone at 16 years old!” And that immediately became, “Wow. I wish I had that much confidence at 16 years old.”
Confidence is a critical component of feel-good living, which is why I became so interested, and quite frankly, inspired by Jessica’s story.
Makes me think about all the “fear” we hear so much about today. What the hell are we so afraid of?
What are you willing to risk to achieve a dream? Do you believe in yourself enough to make it happen? Do you have supportive people around you to help and encourage you?
If you haven’t heard of Jessica Watson, here are a few ways to get to know her.